On the evening of October 2nd, 2015 Arirang Institute kicked off the fall season with its 3rd Annual Chusoek Gathering. Makgeolli, ricecakes, and other various traditional Korean food was provided, along with just the right mix of discussion and music. The night focused around thanking Professor Cho, President of Kid's English Co, for her various generous donations including an online digital English educational resource free of cost to our Arirang Readers.
2000+ North Korean refugees now have access to a free online database of English Learning resources. The database contains over 200,000 books, materials, and workbooks tailor made for English learners of all levels.
"The English online resource is really fantastic. I already went from level one to level three," said Junghee one of the participants in the Arirang Readers program.
Professor Cho in accepting the award for her donation stated, "I have prayed for years to God asking for an opportunity to do my part in working towards peace and eventual unification of the Korean Peninsula. I am so thankful to have this opportunity to be part of something special like this, with everyone from Arirang Institute."
Arirang Institute is a United States non profit organization which seeks to strengthen ties in East Asia through "People to People" diplomacy and especially for the improvement of relations between North and South Korea.
Arirang Board of Directors' Representative Dan Wilson remarked, "We are so thankful for Mrs. Cho and her donation of the English Digital Library, without it the Arirang Readers program could not exist. Every little bit of good will and positive action counts as we work towards building a better future."
"It was just the right mix of people, culture, and fun," said John Lee Program Director of Arirang Institute, "This is the third time we have spent Chuseok together, it gets better every time."
Special Thanks to Rachel Kim for all of her work, support, and effort. We truly appreciate all you do for Arirang Institute!! Special thanks also to Mr. Jun Kyu Park for the fantastic pictures!